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Walking Tours FAQs: Everything You Need to Know About Joining Walking Tours

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

Joining walking tours? You might have a lot of questions in mind right now. This article aims to answer some of these questions about walking tours. Read on!

1. What is a free walking tour?

A free walking tour is a free-to-join type of tour where local guides walk you around a place’s historical and cultural landmarks. For example, Kyoto Localized sets a schedule for free walking tours and free night walking tours that you can book and join for free. These tours are tip-based, so you can tip your guides with what you think they deserve.

2. How long does a walking tour take?

Common walking tours typically take approximately 3 hours. Depending on the tour routes, landmarks visited, pacing, and breaks, tours might take shorter or longer than 3 hours. Landmarks visited during walking tours are usually just close to each other, so it’s pretty convenient.

3. Why are walking tours better?

Walking tours are better in many ways. First, you are able to appreciate the landmarks even more, plus the insider information that local guides have that otherwise you won’t be able to learn. Second, you get to see Kyoto from a local’s point of view. And third, you get to enjoy Kyoto even more as you don’t have to deal with the worries of where to go, what to do, and getting lost.

4. Are private walking tours better?

Private walking tours are more beneficial in many ways. First and foremost, the tour is exclusive to your group. This is advantageous after we experienced the global pandemic since you can rest assured you are only touring with people you know.

5. Can you walk around Kyoto?

Kyoto is one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in Japan with well-developed sidewalks and pathways. Therefore, walking around Kyoto is pretty easy. Of course, it’s hard to walk around the entirety of Kyoto, but certain parts are very walkable.


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